Fill up your itinerary with art, music, comedy, food, beer, and a healthy dose of the outdoors. Here are some of the top happenings coming up around the region this weekend.
Creek Farm Field Day
In this last weekend of August, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is encouraging people to visit the Creek Farm reservation in Portsmouth. During the Family Field Day at Creek Farm on Saturday, Aug. 26, guests can walk along the 1.5-mile Little Harbour Loop Trail, learn about tree identification, have a picnic lunch, take part in a kids’ scavenger hunt, and more. The free event takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, click here.
‘Take Flight’ and ‘Shelters’
The George Marshall Store Gallery in York will unveil two new exhibits with an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 5-7 p.m. “Take Flight” features several contributing artists, while “Shelters” includes new work by South Portland-based architect and sculptor Joe Hemes. Hemes initiated his latest collection of illuminated sculptures during his 2016 Haystack Open Residency. The reception will offer cheese, wine, and live music by Seasmoke. Both exhibits run through Oct. 1. For more information, click here.
Memphis-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June’s fourth full-length album, “The Order of Time,” arrived this year, following up on her 2013 hit record “Pushin’ Against a Stone.” The folk, blues, and country artist is now in the midst of a busy tour that will bring her to Portsmouth for a gig in the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s concert series on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $8-$10. For more information, click here.
Gather to End Hunger
The Nth Power, featuring Seacoast native Nate Edgar on bass, headlines the first ever Gather to End Hunger Concert at the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton on Sunday, Aug. 27. The event, from noon to 7 p.m., includes live music, food trucks, craft beer, and kids’ activities. Among the other bands are regional favorites Rustic Overtones and Truffle. Tickets are $25-$30 ($4 for kids); all proceeds go to Gather, formerly the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. For details, click here.
Actor and comedian Norm MacDonald is a former “Weekend Update” anchor on “Saturday Night Live,” a favorite guest of David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, and the star of several movies and TV series. But his greatest strength remains his stand-up comedy, as demonstrated in the Netflix special he released this spring. MacDonald will perform stand-up at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets to the 18-plus show are $24-$56, available here.